Basingstoke Festival 2023


Whether you are on your own or bringing the family you may be wondering: Where can I park? How can I entertain the kids in between performances? Or where can I find a toilet?! We’ll try and answer these and other questions below.

  • Where can I park?
  • How much is Basingstoke Festival?
  • Is the event accessible?
  • Where can I find facilities like toilets and baby change?
  • Is Basingstoke Festival dog-friendly?
  • Will there be any photography or videography?
  • Where can I eat?
  • I’m not local, where can I stay?
  • What else can I do whilst I’m visiting?
  • How do I get involved in Basingstoke Festival?
Where can I park?
There are a number of car parks in Basingstoke town centre. If you are enjoying performances at The Top of the Town the closest car parks include Joices Yard, Central Car Park and Castons Yard. You will find disabled parking bays in all of these. Central Car Park has a number of parent and child bays too. If you have an electric vehicle then Feathers Yard is dedicated to electric vehicle parking only. Details of other electric charging places can be found here. Festival Place has a large multistorey car park and is well located if you plan to visit performances at the amphitheatre or shop whilst you are visiting. For performances in Eastrop Park you will find a car park located on the side of the park.
How much is Basingstoke Festival?
The outdoor arts programme is free to watch but the safety of our audiences is key, so don’t be surprised if a steward suggests coming back at another time if our dedicated areas are full, spaces are on a first come first served basis.
Is the event accessible?
We aim to make all activities as part of Basingstoke Festival accessible to anyone with physical needs. Please see our accessibility page for more information including access to AccessAble and Easy Read guides. Should you have any needs that you’d like to discuss to ensure that you can access any particular part of the festival then please contact us at
Where can I find facilities like toilets and baby change?
In need of toilets or baby change facilities? You will find plenty in Festival Place. Take a look at the centre map for details. You can find details of disabled toilets here and there is a Changing places toilet near the Discovery Centre.
Is Basingstoke Festival dog-friendly?
Yes, well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to watch the ‘pawformances’ too. If you are looking for places to go with your four-legged friends inbetween shows then see this guide from Love Basingstoke for more ideas.
Will there be any photography or videography?
There will be official festival videography and photography across the three-festival weekends to use for our publicity purposes and evaluation. If you do not want a close-up image of you to be used in any publicity material for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council or Basingstoke Festival please make the official photographer aware on the day (they will be wearing a photography high-vis) or contact: or 01256 845783.
Where can I eat?
Festival Place is home to more than 20 mouth-watering eateries including Five Guys, Pizza Express and The Cosy Club. Festival Street Kitchen offers delicious food if you want to take something away and eat in the outdoors. You’ll find some wonderful independent restaurants and coffee shops at the Top of the Town including Gabardine, Willows Coffee House and the Tea Bar. If you want to pick up food to takeaway and have a picnic you will find Sainsburys and Tesco in the town centre and Waitrose at Basing View.
I’m not local, where can I stay?
If you are from out of the area and are looking to stay take a look at the hotels and bed & breakfasts in the area on the Love Basingstoke website. Within the town centre you have The Village Hotel, The Red Lion Hotel and Premier Inn.
What else can I do whilst I’m visiting?
Basingstoke and Deane has lots to offer visitors. If you have some spare time between enjoying performances, why not take in a bit of shopping? You can find Festival Place, The Malls and The Top of Town all walking distance from each other. Or if you’d rather enjoy the outdoors, take a stroll in Glebe Gardens or War Memorial Park both are within walking distance of the town centre. Eastrop Park has lots for the kids including a play park, paddling pool and boating lake. You could also explore the Streets Alive walking trail. Basingstoke Festival has been transforming street planters, telecoms boxes and benches with work from local artists into an exciting outdoor art gallery. Visit the Love Basingstoke website for other ideas and find details of other events that are happening at the same time as the festival.
How do I get involved in Basingstoke Festival?
Get involved by volunteering to become a Festival Ambassador or businesses can look at sponsorship opportunities. If you are a business in the town centre and will have offers running during the festival then let us know and we can help promote them.

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